What is Yoga? How do we practice it? The Yoga Body begins with the breath - we will explore the way it works and the way it connects us to the world around us. Together we will put into practice the basic principles of pranayama and meditation and learn important alignment fundamentals for a safe and healthy asana practice. This module will introduce several essential concepts in Yoga philosophy - such as the nature of AUM 🕉 and the principle of karma. The koshas, or layers of existence, will provide us with a jumping off point for an exploration of kinesthetic awareness and experiential anatomy. We will explore the form and function of the spine, the respiratory system, the 6 major joint complexes, and then delve into the fascial matrix that is the framework of our movement apparatus. Through The Yoga Body students will establish a solid understanding of asana, pranayama and meditation, expand their physical literacy and anatomical understanding, and begin to explore the nature of their existence.
Module 1 study topics include:
What is Yoga?
Foundations and alignment principles
How we breathe
Spine – form and function
The 6 major joint complexes
The fascial matrix
The symbology of AUM
The Koshas – layers of existence
The natural law of Karma
MODULE 2: The Yoga Mind (50hrs) July 8-15, 2019
In The Yoga Mind we will trace the history and evolution of Yoga from the pre-classical through to the contemporary. We will "return to the source" with the study of traditional texts, The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Yoga Sutras, and identify important insights in the flow of ideas that make up the story of Yoga. With these reference points and others, we will discuss the different ways in which yogis have contemplated the nature of existence throughout the millennia. In studying the origins of Tantra and Hatha yoga, students will be introduced to the principles of Prana and the subtle energy body. A survey of modern Yoga will highlight some of the key figures in its rise in popularity over the past century and help put into context the current myriad of interpretations of this ancient form. During The Yoga Mind, our daily asana, pranayama and meditation sessions will provide us with a rich and meaningful way to put theory into practice. As a consequence of the journey through The Yoga Mind, students will have new reference points for their own practice and a better understanding of how it fits within the larger tradition of Yoga. They will discover new ideas, deepen their understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of the form, and find fresh inspiration for the evolution of their own yoga.
Module 2 study topics include:
An overview of Yoga history
A comparative study of the different schools of Indian philosophy
The Bhagavad Gita – the 4 paths of Yoga
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – 8 limbs of Yoga
Original Tantra and the emergence of Hatha Yoga
Contemporary Yoga from 19th century to the present day
Prana, nadis & chakras
Vayus, bandhas & mudras
The Kleshas – obstacles to liberation
MODULE 3: The Yoga Teacher (100hrs) July 15-August 1, 2019
The Yoga Teacher will be a fascinating 2-week journey of discovering and nurturing the teacher within. In this final module of your RTTSYS teacher training you will study the qualities, techniques and fundamentals needed to become an effective yoga teacher. Through carefully designed workshops and discussions, you will cultivate the ability to evaluate the situation you are teaching in, and you will discover how to develop and present a compelling class.
Together we will explore various approaches to the creation of an asana class including working towards a peak pose and sequencing according to the flow of Prana via the breath. Through participation in this module you will learn how to recognize and develop effective verbal cues, and you will study adjustment principles and practices. Useful tools for teaching beginners will be presented, and you will gain a solid understanding of when, why and how to use props suitably. Our daily practice of asana, pranayama and meditation continues throughout this module, and as a blossoming teacher, you will be encouraged to experience the power of silence and understand the importance of shavasana.
Throughout The Yoga Teacher you will have the opportunity to practice teach in a supportive and nurturing environment and receive constructive feedback from lead teachers and fellow students. You will cultivate clarity and confidence through teaching a warm up sequence and a cooling down sequence, leading to a final teaching practicum of a full 90 minute asana class. Undertaking your teacher training with RTTSYS will provide you with the skills, confidence and inspiration to begin your journey as a Yoga teacher.
Module 3 study topics include:
Teaching in context
Creating a class (sequencing, transitions, class shape, etc.)
Presenting a class (effective communication, verbal cues, demonstration, etc.)